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It’s hard to believe the first holiday of 2021 is upon us. Between the launch of JLo Beauty, political protests, a historic Inauguration, and a heartbreaking anniversary, time in January completely flew by. This year, Valentine’s Day falls on a Sunday, meaning you can celebrate all weekend long.
When I was growing up, my single mom made it a tradition to always spend Valentine’s Day with her three children. As my siblings and I got older, I looked forward to our dinner as a foursome with heart-shaped See’s Candies for dessert. Even as my sister and I began dating, boyfriends knew V-Day would be spent sitting at a dinner table with my mom and siblings. My mom always wanted to show us how much love she had for us. Now, she’s remarried, and I spent most of my Valentine’s Days in Manhattan, but I always get my heart chocolates.
On average, Finder reports that women spend an average of $39 on other family members for the holiday. And while I’m a big believer in spreading the love, I also think it’s vital to shower yourself with love. Nowhere on Finder’s report did they account for a gift bought for oneself. Now, love doesn’t necessarily mean spending money, but in this case, buying yourself a little something is a great form of self-care that can help boost happiness and, after surviving yet another pandemic month, you deserve it!
If you’re looking to spoil yourself, but go easy on your wallet, look no further. We’ve rounded up fourteen items at $20 or under, all designed or from a company owned by a single mom. If you feel like shopping a little more shop our luxe Valentine’s gift guide here.
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Eye Cream, $20
Keep your eyes looking youthful with Kylie Jenner’s fragrance-free and vegan eye cream. The Kylie Skin staple features a blend of Vitamin C, pomegranate, caffeine, green tea, and Vitamin E.
Spoon Rest, $12
Avoid those messy food stains while cooking with this simple addition to your kitchen. Drew Barrymore’s FLOWER collection is no longer just beauty; she’s taking over home for adults, kids, and pets.
Khloé Kardashian’s Good American empire started with jeans and quickly expanded into a full lifestyle brand. Upgrade your underwear drawer with a sexy new thong.
100% Pure Argan Oil, $18
The Josie Maran classic will change your skin. Grown in Morocco, the healing, anti-aging properties of the Vitamin E-rich oil help give skin a ‘youthful-looking complexion.’
A mirror is always nice to have around, whether you’re Princess Diana hiding from paparazzi or simply checking to make sure you have no food in your teeth, they come in very handy. Reese Witherspoon’s Draper James has all of your essentials with a Southern floral touch.
Nothing completes a Valentine’s Day look quite like a red lip. Beauty Bakerie’s lip whip is sure to stay on all night, no matter what you get into.
Goopgenes Marine Collagen Superpowder, $20
Keep your skin looking hydrated from the inside out with Goop’s collagen shots. This is the supposed secret behind Gwyneth Paltrow’s minimal wrinkles and a trend you may want to start taking part in.
Bio Pure Sustainable BeautyBlender, $20
Your favorite beauty sponge just got a green makeover. Available at Sephora starting February 1, The Bio-Pure is made with 60% plant-based items.
Want to get that JLo glow? Then a mask is a must. This mask features JLo Beauty ‘That JLo Glow’ serum and comprises two separate pieces for maximum coverage.
Undereye Concealer, $10.50
We already know Drew Barrymore can take care of all your beauty and home needs, but for now, we’ll stick with the basics. Keep those under-eye bags at bay with this powerful concealer.
Huggie Hoops, $20
Kendra Scott is the Queen of customizable jewelry, and these earrings are the base for her adorable charm hoop earrings. Wear alone or add a charm to hoops in four different metal options.
Tumeric BHA Brightening Mask, $16
Miranda Kerr is the genius behind this clean beauty brand KORA Organics. This mask uses aspen bark and papaya to exfoliate the skin, plus quartz and rosehip seeds for a nice polish. The Tumeric comes in to even out skin tone and helps with redness, a #SelfCareSaturday must.
Kristin Cavallari’s jewelry line quickly expanded to home and children’s clothing. If you’re more in the mood to get out of the house, shop her DIFF x Kristin Cavallari eyewear here.